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Josh Lucas to Star in 'The Firm' for NBC

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 2nd 2011 4:00AM
Josh LucasJosh Lucas is reportedly taking a break from movies to take on his first starring role in a major TV drama series.

Acccording to Deadline.com, the 'Poseidon' star is in final talks to star in the long-awaited TV version of John Grisham's novel 'The Firm.' The series is based on both the bestselling novel and the 1993 movie, and is set 10 years after they ended.

Lucas will take on the role of Mitchell McDeere -- Tom Cruise's character in the movie -- who, as a young lawyer, took down a prestigious Memphis law firm after discovering that it had a dark side, operating as a front for the Chicago mob.

A decade later, 'The Firm' follows McDeere and his family as they return to the real world to reclaim their lives after traumatic events including a spell in the Federal Witness Protection program. However, past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.

The drama will be produced by Entertainment One in association with Sony Pictures TV Networks and Paramount Pictures, with Grisham, Lukas Reiter, John Morayniss, Michael Rosenberg and Noreen Halpern executive producing.

'The Firm' TV series has had a long gestation period. On and off Reiter and Grisham have been shopping a spec for it to various networks over the last few years, and Reiter tried to get it off the ground at CBS, but the project failed to make it to pilot stage.

Lucas has been pursued by TV producers and casting directors for years but has largely stayed away from small-screen projects. His last regular TV gigs were back in the '90s, when he appeared in 'Fitz' and 'Snowy River: The McGregor Saga,' in which he co-starred with Aussie future superstars Hugh Jackman and Guy Pearce.

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